A poll conducted by Pitchfork shows Iceland to be the seventh highest-ranking country in the world for creating the favorite albums of respondents.
According to the poll, called The People’s List, between the years 1996 and 2011, Iceland has created four of the 200 albums poll respondents considered their favorites. Topping the list was the US, with 135 albums, followed by England (23) and Canada (16).
The highest-ranking Icelandic album for the time period was Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós, which came in at the 45th position. Following close behind, at 50th, was Björk’s Homogenic, then Sigur Rós again at 69th with (), and lastly Björk’s Vespertine at 136th.
Musician, critic and Grapevine contributor Dr. Gunni took an interesting per-capita interpretation of the results. He points out that although the US produced the lion’s share of the favorite albums for this time period, the US also has roughly 1,000 times the population of Iceland. Ergo, if Iceland had the same population as the US, it would have produced 4,000 wildly popular albums in this 15-year period.
In all, nearly 28,000 people took part in the poll, covering a range of over 116,000 albums.